Average Ont. family of 4 to receive $307 in carbon tax rebates

Catherine McKenna

Unlike some political leaders, both in Canada and elsewhere, the prime minister said he is not willing to pass the burden of climate change on to our children and grandchildren.

All but four provinces have already developed their own models for climate change which put a price on carbon pollution.

Some of what was said Tuesday about the federal government's move to send tax rebates directly to residents in provinces subject to an additional carbon levy from Ottawa.

A senior source tells The Canadian Press the federal rebates will not be income tested, meaning all families will be eligible for the rebates in any province where the federal carbon price applies. "The federal carbon pricing system as it is structured further weakens our investment position".

For either having their own plan, or adopting the federal government's, all nine of these governments get to decide for themselves how the revenue from their plans will be spent and will not be part of this rebate system.

Residents in jurisdictions where governments are implementing a carbon price that meets federal benchmarks (British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Northwest Territories) will not receive rebates.

They will also get a four month reprieve from the carbon tax as the government pushed the implementation of its $20 per tonne tax to April 1 to give more time to fuel distributors and other companies the time they need to put it in place.

"It's a tax on everyone for heating their homes and filling up their gas tanks, driving to work, running a charity or a small business, or taking your kids to soccer", Kenney said on Facebook live after Trudeau's announcement. Details of that program are not yet available.

Rebates will be determined when Canadians file taxes, either added to the refund payment or deducted from tax owing. Single parents will receive this amount for their first child. Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick have not complied and will have a federal carbon levy on fuels as well as a cap-and-trade style of system for large industrial emitters imposed on them.

Ottawa required all provinces to put a minimum price on pollution of $20 a tonne of emissions by January 1.

Trudeau's promotion of the tax includes highlighting the government's plan to offset the hit to a family's pocketbook for gas purchases with carbon price rebates.

Conservative politicians who have led the opposition to carbon taxes came out firing on Tuesday.

But Trudeau is betting on two things evident in many polls in the last few years on this issue: most Canadians actually do want to do something on climate change - but whatever that something is, they don't want it to cost them too much.

"While conservative governments are wasting time in court, we will be reducing pollution across the country now", Carr said.

He made the announcement on October 22 in the riding of carbon tax foe Ontario Premier Doug Ford in north Toronto. Or maybe the carbon tax is just the Liberal plan to get out from under their deficits.

Trudeau denied this plan was an effort to buy votes on what's proved to be a contentious policy, though the money will be going directly to voters in provinces where the conservative leaders oppose the policy. Ottawa on Tuesday promised some form of reimbursements for small businesses in light of the carbon tax rebates.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today it would be very hard to scrap an arms deal with Riyadh worth up to $13 billion as critics have demanded.

Trudeau has said that the tax will start at a minimum of $10 a tonne in 2019, rising by $10 each year to $50 a tonne by 2022.



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